Solid Mental Wellbeing Through Walking

We walked… my wife, my youngest and I. We talked about all the things that were on our minds. We listened to the trees gossiping in the light breeze. We hummed along to bird songs and insect chatter. We sat in bird hides and looked into the daily lives of local wildlife. The sun danced with the clouds while the Autumn chill occasionally kissed our skin. We lunched on a bench and breathed slowly. Exercised were our bodies, calm were our minds.

Photos taken at Summer Leys Nature Reserve

So You Want To Change The World And Be A Changemaker

Basic Elements of You - B. L. Crisp

But first… what use is a leader who is not balanced holistically
and what use are followers who trail blindly without thought or question,

cliche, cliche, cliche…
be the change you want to see and
look at that man or woman in the mirror
cliche, cliche, cliche,

You’re excited like a toddler for you have discovered
this new saviour-of-the-world knowledge, but, it’s not new at all,

Your 100+ Facebook posts disturb the ether
for they only gratify your standpoint
creating a line of symmetry with your enemies
recycling the already existing material without action
your uninvited opinion only serving to contradict your aim,

So you want to change the world, but first you must start with yourself
you must evolve and review yourself…
daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly

Who you are must remain the same within each of your interlinked basic elements
and so you should be constantly evolving forever eternally,
Only then… can we all begin to change the world collectively.

B. L. Crisp

Well-being Beyond GDP – Statistics for Everyone

Web-COSI

Web COmmunities for Statistics for Social Innovation (Web-COSI) is another project I am currently working on that brings together two passions of mine: well-being and social entrepreneurship (entrepreneurs who are passionate about making social and environmental change whilst developing a sustainable business/project).

Web-COSI is a European Union (EU) grassroots co-ordination action project with communities in mind and the general objective to improve the engagement of citizens and society at large with statistics in the area of new measures of societal progress and well-being. Under the mantra ‘Statistics for Everyone’, Web-COSI will be exploring innovative ways to bring the production, promotion, access and engagement with statistics to life. Using the opportunities given by Web2.0 the project, built upon the increasing trust in collectively generated statistics, will improve the collection, production and visualization of data towards the integration and complementarity of official and non-official statistics.

In 2014, the official Web-COSI website, wikiprogress data portal, university programme, youth portal and brochure were created, as well as many digital initiatives completed, reports and presentations shared and events held. This year 2015 the Web-COSI team will be digging into the relationship social entrepreneurs have with data and statistics in addition to an EU seminar, workshop and more reports and presentations for you to enjoy and get involved with.

Consortium partner i-genius, will be leading on the relationship between social entrepreneurs and data. Specifically, i-genius will be focusing on how social entrepreneurs use data to:

1. Get started, e.g. assess social needs

2. Forster their ventures, e.g. raise finance

3. Evaluate and measure impact

4. Better understand and communicate the overall phenomenon of social entrepreneurship

This feature of the project will kicked off with i-genius organising a working group in London last month and will follow up with four focus groups around Europe, a report, film, and concluding with a conference at the OECD, Paris in December.

How you can be involved:

1. Visit and use the data mapping website – An open knowledge base of well-being and sustainability projects from around the world: http://wikiprogressdata.org

2. Sign up to Web-COSI newsletters

3. Offer your expertise if you are engaging with statistics in an interesting way team@i-genius.org

Find out more at: www.webcosi.eu